Robert Byrne (songwriter)

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Robert Byrne
Born(1954-07-10)July 10, 1954
Detroit, Michigan
OriginMuscle Shoals, Alabama
DiedJune 27, 2005(2005-06-27) (aged 50)
Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer
Years active1977-2000

Robert Byrne (July 10, 1954 – June 27, 2005) was an American songwriter known primarily for his work in country music. He did most of his work at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Between the 1980s and 2000s, Byrne co-wrote singles for several artists, including the number one singles "How Do I Turn You On" by Ronnie Milsap; "I Can't Win for Losin' You", "Once in a Blue Moon", "That Was a Close One" and "What I'd Say" for Earl Thomas Conley; "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" by Lorrie Morgan; and "Two Dozen Roses" by Shenandoah.[1] He and Rick Hall also produced for Shenandoah.[2]

Other artists who recorded his songs include Mindy McCready, The Forester Sisters, Phil Vassar, Johnny Lee, Randy Parton and Mike Reid.[1] Byrne was found dead at his Nashville, Tennessee house on June 27, 2005, having died of unknown causes.[3]


  • Blame It on the Night (Mercury, 1979)
  • An Eye For An Eye (with Brandon Barnes as Byrne & Barnes) (Climax, 1981)


  1. ^ a b "Robert Byrne". Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Isom, Paul (February 23, 1989). "Robert Byrne cranks out another No. 1". Times-Daily. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Songwriter Robert Byrne dies". CMT. June 29, 2005. Retrieved January 8, 2012.